Kawran Bazar (Bengali: কাওরান বাজার), also known as "Karwan Bazar"(Bengali: কারওয়ান বাজার), is a business district and commercial of Dhaka city, Bangladesh. It is a designated commercial area of the Dhaka City Corporation.
During the Mughal rule, there was a customs check post located near Karwan Bazar. Markets have existed in Karwan Bazar area since the 17th century. In the late 18th century, a market was established in the area by Karwan Singh, a Marwari trader. The market was named Karwan Bazar after him. By late 19th century, it became notable as a marketplace for household products such as pottery and crockery.
Karwan Bazar is one of the largest wholesale marketplaces in Dhaka city. It is also one of the largest marketplaces in South Asia. As of 2002, the market had 1255 stores, out of which 55 were owned by the Dhaka City Corporation. In 2002, the wholesale market has a daily revenue of 50 million Bangladeshi taka.
Karwan Bazaar has emerged as an important business district of Dhaka.The main offices of the Daily Prothom Alo, the Daily Star (Bangladesh), The Independent, and several other newspapers are located here. Also, the office and studio of Television channels Ekushey Television, NTV, ATN Bangla, and ABC Radio, ATN News are located at Karwan Bazar. The main campus of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology was located here.
- Karwan Bazar, from Banglapedia.
- Karwan Bazar's businesses suffer neglect, Daily Star, September 9, 2003.
- Oriental Geographer, By Bangladesh Geographical Society, East Pakistan Geographical Society, Published by East Pakistan Geographical Society, 1964. Item notes: v.7-8 1963-1964. Page 133.
- Prothom Alo
- Ekushey TV
- Trading Corporation of Bangladesh, from Banglapedia.
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